Types of Jobs

in china

Public Schools

Qualification Requirements: Bachelor Degree + 120 Hour TEFL

Start Dates: March 1st & Sept. 1st mostly, but other start date possible

Salary Range: US $1500-$1950 

Contract Completion Bonus: US $750-$1200

Flight: One-way flight to China reimbursed or flight allowance

Schedule: Max of 18-20 (45 min) classes/week, M-F: 8:30 - 12:30 & 2:00-4:30, office hours (*some cities/districts have no office hours)

Class Size: 25-40 students

Vacation: 3+ months, including national holidays (mix of paid, partially paid & unpaid)

Housing: Free on campus/Free shared/or US $450 allowance

Medical Insurance: Free (with social insurance)

Why you should consider public schools:

Low teaching hours, generous vacation time, weekday & daytime schedule, enjoy free weekends and evenings

Language Centres - Kids & Teens or Adults

Qualification Requirements: Bachelor Degree + 120 Hour TEFL

Start Dates: Year-long

Salary Range: US $1500-$2250

Contract Completion Bonus: US $750-$2250

Flight: Flight policy varies by school/company

Schedule: Mix of 9:00-5:00 & 1:00-9:00, 3 weekdays + Sat. & Sun, 20-25 (45-55 min) classes per week, 30-35 office hours

Class Size: 1-12 students

Vacation: 2-3 weeks paid, plus national holidays

Housing: US $450 housing allowance

Medical Insurance: Free (with social insurance)

Why you should consider Language Centers:

Professional environment, good salary & reliable companies, small class sizes & motivated students, know your location and school name before your arrival

Kindergartens

Qualification Requirements: Bachelor Degree + 120 Hour TEFL

Start Dates: Year long, but mainly for March 1st & Sept. 1st

Salary Range: US $1500-$2250 

Contract Completion Bonus: US $750-$1200

Flight: One-way flight to China reimbursed or flight allowance

Schedule: M-F: 8:30-5:00, 8-15 classes/week, 30 -35 office hours 

Class Size: 6-15 students

Vacation: 2-3 months (mix of fully paid or 50%)

Housing: Free on campus/Free shared/or US $450 allowance

Medical Insurance: Free (with social insurance)

Why you should consider Kindergartens:

Low teaching hours, 2-3 weeks vacation, weekday & daytime schedule, enjoy free weekends and evenings, know your city in advance

International Schools

& Subject Teachers

Qualification Requirements: Bachelor of Education, Bachelor Degree in specific subject + 120 Hour TEFL

Start Dates: March 1st & Sept. 1st mostly

Salary Range: US $2250-$3700

Contract Completion Bonus: US $1500-$3000

Flight: Generous flight allowance

Schedule: M-F: 8:30-4:30, approx. 20 (45-60 min) classes/week, 30-35 office hours (potential for no office hours)

Class Size: 15-30 students

Vacation: 3+ months, including national holidays (mix of paid, partially paid)

Housing: US $300-750 allowance

Medical Insurance: Free (with social insurance)

Why you should consider public schools:

Rewarding job in a specific subject/skill, above average salary & vacation time, professional education development, homeroom teachers - international schools

Public Schools vs. Training Centres

An article by Brody W.

There are two main types of schools with which you might get a position in Shenzhen.  The first is a government-run public school, while the second is a privately-owned training school.  For those familiar with the system in Korea, public schools are like getting a position through EPIK, while training schools approximate hagwons.  This article will take a quick look at the differences between these types of schools in China.

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